Funded Projects

York University will celebrate Canada's 150th birthday throughout 2017 with unique educational events that showcase everything from debates to dancing. A total of 40 projects will showcase York University and Canada 150 themes, while supporting the student learning experience. A funding totaling over $400,000 has now awarded to the following individuals (faculty, staff and students) in support of their projects.


Luzviminda: the Philippines Dance for Canada150 at York

Luzviminda: the Philippines Dances for Canada150 at York is a live dance concert on October 26-28, 2017 at York University. A portmanteau, “Luzviminda” represents the three groups of islands, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, that comprise the Philippine archipelago and the provenance of Filipino immigrants in Canada. The concert will bring together folgok dance, contemporary dance, breaking, jazz, and hip-hop, forms that Filipino-Canadians embody to express their diasporic identities. It will be a unique collaboration among Philippine dance companies, independent artists and dance researchers in Toronto. Luzviminda will celebrate the presence of Filipinos as the fastest growing immigrant community in Canada and one of the largest visible minorities in Toronto.

Project Lead: Patrick Alcedo
Event date/time: October 26 & 27 at 7:30pm, October 28 at 1:30pm
Event location: Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, Accolade East Building, Keele Campus, York University


“Indian” Residential Schools: Can truth lead to reconciliation?

In this one-day event, the Scott Library will host York academics, secondary school teachers and students, and members of the local community with the purpose of raising awareness, fostering dialogue and engaging with library resources on the theme of “Indian” residential schools and their legacy for First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples in Canada. In the morning, Professor Bonita Lawrence will speak on “The Indian Residential School Settlement: Speaking Truths before "Reconciliation" and Professor Celia Haig-Brown will speak on "Awareness, Acknowledgement, Atonement and Action: moving to reconciliation.” In the afternoon, students and teachers will engage with specialized library resources to shed further light on this painful chapter in Canada’s history.

Project Lead: Tom Scott & Kalina Grewal
Event date/time: April 28, 10 am - 2:30 pm
Event location: Collaboratory, 2nd Floor Scott Library


Music and Belonging in Canada at 150: A Wikipedia Campaign

Wikipedia is an information “first stop” for many Canadians, yet Canadian content is relatively underrepresented. This is especially problematic when looking at the coverage of topics on music in Canada in Wikipedia and compounded for underrepresented areas related to factors such as gender and racialized minorities. The “Music and Belonging in Canada at 150 Wikipedia edit-a-thon” is a multifaceted project which pairs the professional skills of librarians and archivists with local music communities to improve the amount and quality of the content about Canadian music in Wikipedia, thereby increasing the accessibility to music heritage of all Canadians.

Project Lead: Stacy Allison-Cassin
Event date/time: Thursday, May 25
Event location: University of Toronto


French Language Olympic Games

In collaboration with Ontario’s French-Language school boards, Glendon Campus will organize the “French Language Olympics” (Olympiades Linguistiques) during which teams of high school students from across the province will participate in a series of activities, in French, in order to improve their language skills (oral and written). A final (regional) competition will be held at Glendon Campus during the Toronto Francophonie Forum in May 2017. The French-language Olympics programming will include French-language skills development, and address a variety of topics related to French-Canadian history and culture, diversity and inclusion, Indigenous people and youth.

Forum de la francophonie, 4e édition : Redécouvrir l’histoire de la francophonie torontoise
Come rediscover the history of Toronto’s Francophone culture at University-College Glendon. The 4th edition of the ‘forum de la francophonie’ will honour the rich and surprising history of Toronto’s Francophones. It is an opportunity to shine a light on certain French-language establishments from around the city. The Honourable Marie-France Lalonde, Minister responsible for Francophone Affairs, as well as Ontario’s French Language Services Commissioner, Mr. François Boileau, will be present with us to celebrate the rich history, both past and present, of Toronto’s Francophonie.

Project Lead: Solange Belluz
Event date/time: May 23, Glendon Campus


Visions and Collaborations: First Annual York University Graduate Student Research Conference in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Graduate students are vital as researchers, innovators, teachers, community members, and mentors.  In recognition of the important voice of graduate students and Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, we are hosting (the inaugural) interdisciplinary and intersectional congress-style graduate student research conference. The themes of the conference align with Canada150 to critically discuss – Diversity and Inclusion, Indigenous Peoples, Youth, and Environment. This conference will provide graduate students with the opportunity to share research, knowledge, and resources; create networks of collaboration; and participate in development opportunities.

Project Lead: Stacey Bliss and Josefina Rueter
Event date/time: April 6-7, 2017
Event location: Victor Dahdahleh Building, York University


Citizen 150: Post-National

An instruction-based performance score about a post-national future. Devised by a group of Canadian students. To be performed live by a different group of twelve students in Canada or another country. Opening November 19th to November 25th, 2017 in the Joe Green Theatre, York University.

Project Lead: Ines Buchli
Event date: November 19-25, 2017
Event location: Joseph G. Green Studio Theatre, Keele Campus, York University


The Confederation Debates

The Confederation Debates project teaches Canadians to consider the establishment of provinces and Indigenous Treaties as equally important founding events that inform present-day relationships. For the first time, we are bringing together the provincial and federal legislative debates concerning each province’s entry into Confederation (1865-1949) as well as the Numbered Treaties (1871-1921) texts and negotiation records. The project democratizes access to these documents, puts them into dialogue with each other and with current debates, and reproduces small portions in various deliverables to encourage youth to engage future political challenges, promote diversity and inclusion, and support reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

Project Lead: Colin Coates
Event A: Saturday, June 10, Provincial History Fair (Founders College, Assembly Hall), 11:45am
Event B: Friday, October 13, 150 Ideas that Shaped Canada Conference (Schulich Building, Executive Learning Centre), 5:00pm


The Evolving Meanings of Blackness in Canada

The Jean Augustine Chair in Education, the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas, and the Department of Humanities in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies offer a series of workshops highlighting the contributions of African Canadians to the economic, political and cultural development of Canada. The Evolving Meanings of Blackness in Canada Symposium launches the series on February 17-18, 2017, followed by a Caribana and Black Expressive Cultures workshop on July 21, 2017. The final event in the series is a conference in honour of the legacy of African Canadian author Austin Clarke on October 27-28, 2017.

Project Lead: Andrea Davis
Event date/time/location: November 10, 2017: Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Austin Clarke, 6 - 9pm, Daniels Spectrum, Regent Park
November 11, 2017: Remembering Austin Clarke—Canadian Literature post-1960, 9am - 4:30pm, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto ON, M3J 1P3


Ocean Frontiers: An Interdisciplinary Workshop and Public Event

In Canada and globally, contests over access to marine resources are intensifying. States, firms, diverse user groups and conservation agencies are scrambling to claim resources in an environmentally, technologically and politically dynamic world. This workshop will build a network of interdisciplinary scholars to explore the political-economic and ecological principles that oversee new resource practices that are at once transforming the physical features of ocean spaces and the (geo)political access to them at scales from local to global. The interdisciplinary workshop will train future workers and distribute produce academics and practitioners involved in ocean management and sustainable use research and policy.

Project Lead: Leesa Fawcett and Anna Zalik
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Climate Change Theatre Action (CCTA)

Climate Change Theatre Action 2017 is a series of worldwide readings and performances of short climate change plays presented in support of the United Nations 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) in October and November 2017. The 2017 round of this biennale event will be focused on environmental issues related to Canada and Canadian theatrical talent to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. As the home of one of Canada’s preeminent and most comprehensive theatre departments, York University will serve as a hub for this event and host performances, symposia, and develop the educational and research foundation for the CCTA.

Project Lead: Ian Garrett
Event date/time: October/November


Moving with Crip and Mad Community

This inclusive, integrated dance workshop with award-winning critical disability scholars and artists, Lindsay Eales and Dr. Danielle Peers, will extend and ground ongoing discussions about access and mobility that structure the 2017 Performance Studies (Canada) Speaker Series, organized by the Graduate Program in Theatre & Performance Studies. Eales and Peers invite participants to move their bodies into creative infrastructures of support, collaborations, cooperation, and care using a variety of physical and aesthetic tools – from wheelchairs to inclusive choreographic “scores”. Open to the public, the workshop sources and develops embodied answers to questions of inclusion and diversity.

Project Lead: Alana Gerecke and Laura Levin
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Race, Inclusion and Supportive Environments @ 150

A one-day symposium in acknowledgement of the Sesquicentennial and the International Day for the Elimination of Racism.  This symposium will be dedicated to discussion and brining attention to diversity and inclusion and Indigeneity, for students, staff and faculty in post-secondary institutions as Canada turns 150.  This symposium will explore key issues, such as: increasing opportunities for Indigenous people and youth accessing post-secondary institutions; unpacking anti-black racism and the responses of student activism on campus; exploring the role of universities in facilitating inclusive hiring, teaching and scholarship.

Project Lead: Jodie Glean and Lorne Foster
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Teaching Against Islamaphobia

This project proposes a day-long event which will invite academic and community experts together for a workshop and public panel to jump start awareness and discussion on Islamaphobia in our various teaching and learning contexts.  Specifically, we hope that our workshop and public panel discussion will lead to context specific curricular design, the re-framing of our teaching practices, the re-thinking of our pedagogical approaches, and the fostering of reflexive teaching in order to address Islamaphobia.

Project Lead: Eve Haque and Amar Wahab
Event date/time: October 23, 2-4pm
Location: 280N York Lanes, York University Keele Campus


Canada’s Constitutional and Governance Challenges After 150 Years

In the context of the 150th anniversary of Canada, Glendon will organize a conference that will bring together 40 academics, practitioners, activists, and students around the evolution of Canada’s constitutional practices and conventions. More precisely, the conference will be organized around three main themes: 1) foundational values and rights, 2) democracy and institutions, and 3) policy-making and policy issues. The idea is to explore, for each theme, the practices and the conventions that have defined the Canadian political experience throughout its history, and to question if they are still relevant for today’s issues and context.

Project Lead: Donald Ipperciel and Francis Garon
Event date/time: September 29 - 30
Event location: Glendon Campus


Conference: The Past, Present and Future of Canada and the Global Extractives Complex

The conference will examine the role that Canada plays in building, governing, and maintaining the global extractives complex. By “complex”, we mean the emergence of a sophisticated web of finance, infrastructure, security, and politics that have emerged over the last 150 years to mediate the extraction of resources. The conference is concerned with how Canada and its enduring histories, policies, and flows impact, and are impacted by, the current political economy. The conference will provide space for attendees to present their work on extraction with particular focus on how Canada may lead or inhibit efforts to forge sustainable futures.

Project Lead: Adrienne Johnson and Anna Zalik
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Lives Outside the Lines: Gender and Genre in the Americas – A Symposium in Honour of Marlene Kadar

To be held on May 15-17, 2017 at the Centre for Feminist Research as part of Canada@150, “Lives Outside the Lines: Gender and Genre in the Americas” is an international conference celebrating the achievements of York’s Professor Marlene Kadar, showcasing the larger contributions of the Canadian school of auto/biography and life writing studies to global scholarship. Focused on diversity and inclusion, this event brings together York community members and the International Auto/Biography Association Chapter of the Americas (IABAA) for three days of graduate student presentations and workshops, panel discussions, invited speakers’ talks, an activist art exhibit, and a book launch of Auto/Biography Across the Americas.

Project Lead: Eva Karpinski
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Imagining Canada’s Futures with Romani Refugees

The Centre for Imaginative Ethnography (CIE) Symposium, “Imagining Canada’s Futures with Romani Refugees”, will consist of two keynote addresses by internationally renowned Romani scholar Ian Hancock (University of Texas, Austin), and Toronto-based Romani multimedia artist Lynn Hutchinson Lee, open to the York University community and the general public; and a workshop for York’s graduate students on social justice and activism led by Lynn Hutchinson Lee. The symposium will explore issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence as experienced by Romani refugees in Canada and worldwide.

Project Lead: Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston
Event date/time: November 9 and 10
Event location: Accolade East Building 209 and York Lanes 280N, York University Keele Campus


What Did Confederation Accomplish? Historical Perspectives on 150 Years of Canada

“What Did Confederation Accomplish? Historical Perspectives on 150 Years of Canada” is a documentary video series that explores the achievements and consequences of Confederation over the past 150 years from multiple perspectives. Featuring interviews with expert scholars in the fields of Canadian history and Canadian Studies from York University, this video series explores the effects of Confederation in five broad themes: Indigenous peoples, environment, labour, French Canada, and women. This unique approach to thinking about the long-term consequences of the creation of the Dominion of Canada will expose viewers to a diverse set of views and understandings of Canada’s past.

Project Lead: Sean Kheraj
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No Better Home for the Jews…than Canada

Canada might be the most socially harmonious, economically secure, politically inviting, physically safe, and religiously tolerant home for Jews than any other State that has ever existed. What criteria ought to be used for such audacious comparisons? What does a good home for Jews look like? Prominent Jewish Studies scholars will bring their range of disciplinary perspectives, and diverse areas of expertise to bear on taking Canada seriously. Some will draw out comparisons between specific so-called Gold Age “homes” of Jewish life and Canada, while others will approach the question more abstractly. Several leading Canadian Jewish Studies scholars will respond.

Project Lead: David Koffman
Event date/time/location: Sunday, October 22, 5-9pm - CJS lounge, 7th floor of the Kaneff Tower
Event date/time/location: Monday, October 23, 2017, all day - Kaneff Tower, room 519


Translation of Two-Volume Edited Collection of Scholarship on Confederation for 150th Anniversary

This project advances the study of Confederation by translating the most important scholarship on the people, events and issues underpinning the birth of the Canadian nation in 1867 and by making the entire two volume collection available in both French and English. This project ensures that French-speaking Canadians will have access to significant and influential literature on Confederation that, to date, has only been available in the English language.

Project Lead: Jacqueline Krikorian
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Open Science Canada Podcast Series

Open science is common in Canada. York University is already an established leader in this domain including R code, data, teaching, and inclusivity. A series of monthly podcasts culminating in a presentation at the UseR Open Science conference will be developed.

Project Lead: Christopher Lortie
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Environmental Data Synthesis Week

Environmental synthesis week is a workshop that will promote novel synthesis of existing research on resilience of high-stress ecosystems to global change in Canada and beyond. Researchers within the university, industry partners, and policy experts will work together each day and present findings daily to the public.

Project Lead: Christopher Lortie and Sapna Sharma
Event date/time: October 16-19
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Connecting Canada

Connecting Canada is a celebration of Canadian radio history through a curated show that looks at Canadian radios and their role in further connecting the nation beyond railways and canals. It will highlight Canada’s key role in the development of radio and radio’s role in the connection of Canada by looking at the radio. The show features radio advertisements, radios of the various decades on display with audio. Public events will include: crystal set assembly workshops, speakers from York University, York’s Clara Thomas Archives, the Ontario Archives, Carleton University, radio industry professionals, and holdings from Canada’s Science and Technology Museum.

Project Lead: Anne MacLennan
Event date/time: December 7-9, 2017
Event location: York University


OHFA “Ontario 150” Provincial Fair

2017 is the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. To mark this important event, the 2017 Ontario Provincial Heritage Fair at York University is organized around the theme of “Ontario 150,”celebrating the province’s diversity and role as a founding province in Confederation.  Youth projects from 20 regions across Ontario will be presented in a special showcase on June 10th. After sharing their projects with experts and the public in the morning, these students will attend a series of workshops on campus.

Project Lead: Marcel Martel
Event date/time: June 9-11, 2017
Event location: York University - 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3


Migrating the Margins

Part of a growing movement of revaluing place, AGYU presents Migrating the Margins, an exhibition that looks at the new conditions of artistic production in Toronto.

Migrating the Margins looks at how a new generation of Toronto artists is imagining this place, and picturing its future, by realizing the conditions of the future that exist now—due to the unique situation of Toronto’s demographics. This imagination is the altogether different and unexpected product of the multicultural dream: a cultural synthesis unique to Toronto—now the mixing of cultures and not just their (un)equal representation.

Project Leads: Erika DeFreitas, Anique Jordan, Tau Lewis, Rajni Perera, and Nep Sidhu with public art projects by Farrah Miranda, Otherness, and Sister Co-Resister
Event date/time: Opening reception: September 15, 6-9pm; September 15 - December 3, 2017
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  • Speaking Fruit
    Conceived by Toronto artist and activist Farrah-Marie Miranda, Speaking Fruit is a mobile, roadside fruit stand and design studio that feeds the movement for migrant farmworker rights.

    Speaking Fruit is stationed on YorkU’s campus (HNES Building) on the terrace outside the front doors of the Faculty of Environmental Studies, adjacent to the Native Garden. Performing as an experiential learning hub and co-curricular platform for the course Food, Land and Culture, Speaking Fruit hosts workshops, artist talks, and lectures. In partnership with Regenesis and YUM, and Jane-Finch based organizations the Afri-Can Food Basket and Promoting Economic Action and Community Health (PEACH).

    Event date/time: September - December 2017
    Event location: York University, HNES Building

  • Sister Co-Resister: A Walking Salon
    Can walking be political?
    This discursive walking salon is focused on walking side-by-side with Indigenous, 2-spirit, and trans lives. As an act of Indigenous sovereignty (land, culture, and people) that also migrates the physical margins of York’s campus, this ambulatory salon centres the points of view of Indigenous social thinkers: Nettie Lambert, Shane Camastro (Titiesg Wîcinímintôwak Bluejays Dancing Together Collective), Janet Csontos, and Lisa Myers. Together we work through concepts of belonging, what it means to deconstruct the proprietary understanding of land, and find ways to question Canada’s immigrant paradigm and treaty partnership identity.

    Event date/time: September 17, 2017, 1pm
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  • Otherness: Taking a page... A Commission for AGYU Vitrines
    A montage of text, found images, and narrative taken from a discarded social science textbook entitled The People We Are: Canada’s Multicultural Society (Gage, 1980), Taking a page... questions the Canadian immigrant paradigm by offering up a historiographical lesson on notions of belongingness. By “taking a page” from a discarded social science textbook entitled The People We Are: Canada’s Multicultural Society (Gage, 1980), the artist collective begins a process of re-imagining immigrant-settlers’ positionality by framing education as a primary tool of colonial story-telling.

    Event date/time: September 15 - December 3, 2017
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  • Suburban Hospitality: A Weekend of Performative Discourse
    AGYU plays host to an Ambulatory Symposium of workshops, screenings, discussion, and performances. Activating the far corners of Keele campus, participants explore the histories and environment of the region – moving between the gallery, Black Creek Community Farm, Crossroads Gallery, and Stong Farmhouse. As we gather and move around campus—activating works by Farrah Miranda and Sister Co-Resister—York academics/ artists Syrus Marcus Ware, Gloria Swain, and Min Sook Lee guide our investigations and re-map spaces.Suburban Hospitality is co-presented with FES and programmed by Suzanne Carte, Emelie Chhangur, Lisa Myers, Honor Ford-Smith.

    Event date/time: September 16 - 17, 2017
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  • On the Edge of Curating: Toward new practices afield
    On the Edge of Curating: Toward new practices afield is a panel about curating that asks: How is “being on the edge” off-centred curating? Presented with City Institute’s Global Symposium Beyond Suburbia, On the Edge of Curating...looks at the specificities of curating in suburbia. What special circumstances does the suburban locale offer curating at the level of practice andhow does this locale’s social and civic particularities challenge curating’s conventions or concerns? Featuring panelists Jordan Strom (Surrey Art Gallery, BC), Janine Marchessault (York University, PUBLIC), Randell Adjei (RISE, Scarborough), Émilie Renard (La Galerie, centre d’art contemporain, Noisy-le-Sec), and Emelie Chhangur (AGYU).

    Event date/time: October 20, 2017, 4:30pm
    Event location: Room S201 (South) Ross Building, York University


Know Your Worth: A Youth Empowerment Conference; and The 5th Annual Lincoln Alexander Award Ceremony

In celebration of Black History Month, the Black Law Students’ Association of Osgoode Hall Law School will host two community events aimed at honouring the achievements of those whose embodiment of the values of leadership, inclusivity and commitment to public service has strengthened the community while also encouraging and emboldening the future generation. To kick off the month-long festivities, BLSA will hold a Know Your Worth youth empowerment conference for high school students from the Jane/Finch community. The month will conclude with the memorialization of a Canadian trailblazer and champion of equity at the 5thannual Lincoln Alexander Award Ceremony.

Project Lead: Shani Ocquaye and Tristan Davis on behalf of the Black Law Students' Association of Osgoode
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Mobilizing Youth to Create a Caring and Respectful Canada: Hear Our Voices

Canada is failing its youth. Canada ranked in the bottom third of developed countries when it comes to preventing bullying and victimization and near the bottom in the quality of the relationships youth reported with their parents and peers. To improve Canada’s support of youth, PREVNet (Promoting Relations and Eliminating Violence Network) is working with its National Youth Advisory Committee to co-create a “by youth for youth” public education campaign about the importance of healthy relationships. Let’s celebrate Canada’s 150thanniversary by mobilizing and inspiring Canada’s future, its youth, to promote healthy relationships and create a caring and respectful Canada.

Project Lead: Debra Pepler
Event date/time: November 15, 2017
Event location: Ottawa


Celebrating Canada’s 150: Science on Ice – Transdisciplinary Scientific Perspectives on the North

In Canada, high school youth science fairs attract the brightest students from a region who want to compete at the Canada Wide Science Fair. Last year, York University hosted the York Region Science and Technology Fair (YRSTF). Gathering together 120 elite budding scientists and their families, York’s exciting interdisciplinary approach to the sciences was showcased through interactive lectures and demonstrations from faculty and students associated with almost every York Faculty. In honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial, we would like to host a speaker’s panel to open the 2017 YRSTF@York that involves one external high profile speaker and four-six York scientists. The working title for the panel is: Science on Ice: Transdisciplinary Scientific Perspectives on the North.

Project Lead: Rebecca Pillai Riddell and Jock Phippen
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And Social Justice for All: Indigenous Youth, Indigenous Voices – Spring 2016 Symposium

And Social Justice for All: Indigenous Youth, Indigenous Voices is a one-day symposium for high school students, York students, and community members in the Greater Toronto Area scheduled for April 26, 2017. Showcasing the creative accomplishments and critical output of diverse young Indigenous voices across the country, this symposium will encourage conversation and collaboration among individuals living across and through colonial, occupied, and re-claimed territories in the land now known as Canada.

Project Leads: Maggie Quirt and Tania Das Gupta
Event date/time: April 26, 2017, 8:30am - 2:30pm
Event location: Vanier Lecture Hall, 135


Career Success Symposium 2017 for Students with Disabilities

The Career Success Symposium 2017 for Students with Disabilities is an innovative symposium with the goal of inspiring and empowering York University students and recent graduates with disabilities by providing them with opportunities to hear success stories from professionals with disabilities and to build relationships with community partners and employers interested in the value that students with disabilities bring to organizations, communities, and to the innovation that drives Canada’s future.

Project Leads: Julie Rahmer and Marc Wilchesky
Event date/time: Tuesday, April 25, 10am - 3pm
Event location: 152 Founders College (Founders Assembly Hall)


Unity in Diversity: Fusion of Communities in Canada

Unity in Diversity: Fusion of Communities in Canada” is designed to carry out academic outreach to complement a large-scale Canadian Heritage Canada 150 project in school boards in Toronto. To add content to the inclusive classroom activities, artists and writers workshops and curriculum preparation in the school boards, the York activities will focus on two major minority communities: Asian Canadians and African Canadians. These activities include: 1) a high school outreach and education roundtable event titled “Exploring Transnational Tamil Identity in Canada’s Past and Present”; 2) a workshop/performance/exhibition entitled “Considering Black Canada: Sighting and Site-ing”; and 3) Multiple workshops/performances/exhibitions entitled “Unity in Diversity: Fusion of Communities”.

Project Leads: Leslie Sanders and Philip Kelly
Event date/time: April 24, 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Event location: Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building – Main Floor, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto


Interdisciplinary Workshop: “Over There: How we went to war in Europe”

Led by UK-based creative researchers Dani Phillipson and Helen Gilbert, in conjunction with Indigenous artist Tamara Podemski, the workshop will focus on techniques for developing performative storytelling inspired by historical research and supported by new media/ digital technology. In recognition of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the workshop will explore local histories and cultural memories of WW1 and WW2 and creatively speculate on how our participation in these international conflicts might inform our present and future as a multicultural nation with particular connections to different parts of the world. We will draw on archival and ethnographic accounts of Canadian troops, especially Indigenous soldiers and others from marginalized communities, as well as documents detailing the lived experiences of men, women, and children who served on the “homefront” in a variety of capacities. Students from different disciplinary backgrounds will develop a devised performance inspired by historical research, integrating live performance with digital elements.

Project Leads: Marlis Schweitzer
Event date/time: Thursday, May 18 - Friday May 26 (this is a closed workshop)
Event location: Accolade East 207 and 209


Creating Opportunities Summit

Canada’s future success will turn on its ability to generate prosperity for urban and culturally diverse communities. Universities, as drivers of economic and social enterprise, and accelerators for social mobility, will have a particularly important role to play in Canada fulfilling this promise. On January 26 and 27, 2017, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, the Citizen Empowerment Project and the Osgoode Hall Law Journal will host the Creating Opportunities summit to explore local, regional and national economic development issues in Canada. The focus will be strategies, initiatives and policies that can create opportunities for economic prosperity and remove barriers to inclusion for disadvantaged and underserved communities, and particularly for youth seeking educational and employment opportunities.

Project Leads: Lorne Sossin and Jamil Jivani
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Just Transformations: The Next 150

On May 11th and 12th, 2017 York University will host the 5th Ontario Climate Symposium. This year’s symposium holds special significance, given that it coincides with Cafdnada’s 150th anniversary and follows ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The symposium provides a forum for discussions of the future we want in the next 150 years, and more importantly, of the actions needed to realize this vision. We hope to encourage the development of positive narratives of a sustainable and just future, ones that cross boundaries between Indigenous knowledge, natural and social science, law, humanities and the arts.

Project Leads: Noel Sturgeon
Event date/location: May 11, 2017, 1-6pm, Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan Theatre, York University Keele Campus
Event date/location: May 12, 2017, 8am-7pm, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University Keele Campus


Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS)

The annual Global Citizenship Conference, hosted by Law in Action Within Schools, is a full-day conference held each year that brings together grade 10 students from around Toronto. This conference enables students to conceive of themselves not only as local, but as global citizens capable of making positive change here in Canada and abroad. With the help of community partners and law students from both of Toronto’s law schools, students will learn about issues that affect people they have never met, or their neighbours, and be encouraged to become active citizens at home to affect change globally.

Project Leads: Danielle Thibodeau
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Public Art: New Ways of Thinking and Working

Public Art: New Ways of Thinking and Working symposium will be hosted by the Department of Visual Art and Art History at York University on May 18, 19, and 20, 2017. Going Public will offer a forum for emerging research, challenging debate and the establishment of a sustained dialogue in the discipline of public art from the perspective of both studies and practice. This will be accomplished by including a wide range of Canadian cultural, political, social, and pedagogical perspectives across the disciplines of visual arts, architecture, art history, city planning, engineering, and urban studies.

Project Leads: Brandon Vickerd
Event date/time: May 18-20, 2017
Event location: Multiple locations, please see event website for details


Life in the University: Past, Present and Future – Faculty of Education Event Series in Recognition of Canada 150

With “Life in the University: Past, Present and Future” as an organizing theme, we are planning a series of events in recognition of Canada 150.  The events address the Government of Canada’s overarching Canada 150 theme of “Strong, Proud and Free” (Government of Canada, 2016) by recognizing the strengths and contributions of Canada’s universities. For example, Canadian universities are significant drivers of our country’s economic prosperity and account for 40% of Canada’s research and development (Universities Canada, n.d.).  At the same time, the series recognizes challenges, past and present, faced by people inside and outside of the university, including issues of access, debates over purposes of higher education, and changing work conditions. All the events will include time to discuss and imagine the future of the Canadian university.

Project Leads: Sue Winton
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Workshop: Unsettling Canada at 150: Memory Discourses in Transnational Contexts

This one-day workshop brings together scholars working in the interdisciplinary field of memory studies. Workshop participants will share their research on how the politics of memory and citizenship in Canada are shaped through transnational actors and global interactions – be they official or grassroots, localized, national or transnational, political or literary, affirmative of national narratives or critical thereof. Panels are organized around three themes: 1) Indigenous memories: comparative perspectives (2) Migrant memories: who makes Canadian stories? as well as (3) Human rights memories: how is the world remembered in Canada?

Project Leads: Jenny Wustenberg, Daphne Winland, Michael Nijhawan, and Duygu Gul Kaya
Event date/time: November 3, 2017
Event location: 519 Kaneff Tower, York University


Retrospect and Prospect: Symposium on Chinese Canadian Literature and Media

Highlighting York University’s expertise in the fields of Asian research and Canadian studies, “Retrospect and Prospect: Symposium on Chinese Canadian Literature and Media” (July 20-21, 2017) will explore literary and media representations of the Chinese diaspora in Canada’s 150 years of nationhood, including: how diverse cultural encounters impact Chinese Canadian writers in illustrating cultural identities; how ethnic Chinese literature and media guide the reader to certain social and political agendas; how the Chinese communities’ conscience is voiced in transcultural and transnational contexts; and how the intersections of race, gender, and ethnicity are approached in the narration of the history of Chinese Canadians.

Project Leads: Xueqing Xu and Jessica Tsui-Yan Li
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